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Potluck: Good hushpuppies and some grill recipes

Jul 21, 2016 3:05am

Sandra Finney writes, “I’m looking for a similar recipe to Captain D’s or Long John Silver-type hush puppies. Love those little crusty nuggets!”

I’m glad you really, really like your hush...

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Saving refund can produce dividends

Feb 17, 2016 3:06am

A tax refund can feel like a personal stimulus package. And although it’s tempting to use it right away, saving some or all of it can pay dividends down the road, said Laura Hendrix, assistant...

Master Gardener: Gastronomical geographica

Feb 16, 2016 10:18am

Today I’m going to dish out some history on plants whose fruit is used in many of our favorite foods today.

Let’s start with the banana. Did you know that up to 1870 few Americans knew what...

Potluck: Russian tea and some Valentine’s Day recipes

Feb 11, 2016 8:45am

An email from friend and former co-worker Jennifer Gill reads, “This brought back memories!! My grandma always had some on hand.”

The email included a link. I clicked on it and up popped a...

Master Gardener: Adventures in Botany; The plant explorers

Feb 09, 2016 9:59am

What reasons drove men (and a few women) to the literal ends of the earth in search of botanical specimens? What drives the contemporary plantsman today?

Botanists or those interested in...

At the movies

Feb 05, 2016 5:38am

Below is a list of movies playing in Fort Smith. Show times and information are available at and

Opening today

The Choice — Gabby meets Travis, a...

Potluck: Try these recipes for the big game

Updated: Feb 04, 2016 8:28am

Are you ready for the last football game until August?

Sunday’s Super Bowl 50 (no Roman numeral this year) will feature what is arguably the season’s two best teams, the Carolina Panthers...

House Calls: The Zika virus

Feb 03, 2016 3:06am

The Zika virus has been on the news as of late, so I thought I would discuss it in my House Calls article.

The Zika virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. Its symptoms are fever, rash...

Master Gardener: Botanists, raiders and poachers

Feb 02, 2016 11:19am

These days we tend to think of botanists as crotchety old academics, holed up in offices piled high with books on horticulture. (No inference to you Dr. Klingaman!) But back a couple hundred years...

Potluck: Monkey around with Chinese dishes

Jan 28, 2016 6:46am

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, is Feb. 8.

In the Chinese lunar calendar, each year is signified by an animal from the Chinese zodiac. 2016 is the year of the Red Fire...

Master Gardener: Analyzed your soil health lately?

Jan 27, 2016 5:24am

Your county extension service provides professional soil testing. If you want faster results, invest in a quality soil testing kit. The test can spot nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and other...

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